The cast and creative team of Hit the Wall, Ike Holter's new play about New York's Stonewall Riots in 1969, met the press on Friday, February 1 at the Barrow Street Theatre, where the show will begin performances on February 19. Directed by Eric Hoff, the off-Broadway production is set to open on March 10.
Developed and produced in 2012 by The Inconvenience as part of Steppenwolf Theater Company's Garage Rep series in Chicago, the New York premiere of the work stars an ensemble cast that includes Nick Bailey (Becoming Sylvia), Jessica Dickey (The Amish Project), Ben Diskant (The Cherry Orchard), Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Matthew Greer (Seminar), Gregory Haney (Bring It On), Sean Allan Krill (A Civil War Christmas), Rania Salem Manganaro (Hit the Wall in Chicago), drummer Ray Rizzo, Carolyn Michelle Smith (Freedom Sea), Arturo Soria (Hit the Wall in Chicago), and musician Indigo Street.
Set on June 28, 1969, Hit the Wall follows a group of unlikely revolutionaries in the early hours of the police riot on The Stonewall Inn, the underground gay bar in the heart of Greenwich Village. The Barrow Street Theatre is located just steps away from Stonewall, which is still open for business.
The creative team includes Dan Lipton (original music), Lauren Helpern (scenic design), David Hyman (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Daniel Kluger and Brandon Wolcott (sound design), and J. David Brimmer (fight director).
Get your first look at the Hit the Wall family, and the play's environmental set, in the gallery below.
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